Attempted robbery leads to woman's death

Rebecca Lewis

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Attempted robbery leads to woman's death

CREATED Sep. 29, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A woman was killed Saturday night after two gunmen allegedly attempted to rob her.

It happened around 10:30 p.m. on the 200 block of Jefferson Street.

Police responded to the scene after sounds of gunfire were reported. Arriving officers observed a vehicle with no lights driving away from the area.

Officers stopped the vehicle where both the driver, a 16-year-old male juvenile and passenger, 19-year-old William Copeland were taken into custody.

Additional arriving officers were directed to the area of H Street and Monroe Avenue where they discovered an elderly woman lying on the sidewalk suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

Although critically injured she was able to provide officers with a statement. The victim was transported to UMC Trauma where she succumbed to her injuries.

The homicide investigation revealed the victim was walking in the area of H Street and Monroe Avenue when the suspects pulled up in a vehicle.

Police said Copeland approached and attempted to rob the victim at gun point. When she refused to cooperate, Copeland fired the handgun striking the victim.

As a result of the investigation William Copeland was booked into the Clark County Detention Center where he faces charges of murder with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit murder with a weapon and robbery with a weapon.

Due to juvenile status, charges were not available for the 16-year-old suspect.

The identity of the deceased and the exact cause and manner of death will be released by the Clark County Coroner's Office.

Anyone with any information concerning this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.